Abarat – Clive Barker

This is the tale of the Abarat, a magical group of islands where each is a particular time of the day, inhabited by strange and wonderful characters, some of whom are concerned with daily life, whilst others struggle for power. It is in this weird and unusual land, where all things and all beings appear possible, that the heroine, Candy from Chickentown in the USA, finds herself.
Recommended age: 13+

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The Chronicles of Prydain – Alexander Lloyd

This is the tale of Taran, assistant pig keeper, who longs to be a hero. He embarks on a dangerous journey with a strange assortment of companions to save his beloved land, Prydain, from the forces of evil. The ‘Book of Three’ is the first book in this five-volume series of Taran’s adventures and is packed with action, humour, romance, and gallantry.
Recommended age: 12+

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The gathering – Isobelle Carmody

Something is wrong with Chestnut. Nathanial feels it the moment he arrives. Strange things happen in this model neighborhood, despite the curfew. A mixture of fantasy and horror, this story has many twists and turns.
Recommended age: 13+

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‘Circle of Magic’ series – Tamora Pierce

In book one we meet Daja, Briar, Tris, and Sandry, four children brought to Winding Circle Temple for training in crafts and magic. They are outcasts in their homeland. But in this magical place, they are valued and respected for their special powers.
Recommended age: 13+

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Howl’s moving castle – Diana Wynne Jones

In the magical land of Ingary, Sophie Hatter attracts the attention of the malicious Witch of the Waste and is put under a horrid spell. She seeks refuge inside the strange moving castle of the wizard Howl (although he’s rumoured to eat the hearts of young girls). To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must strike a bargain with a fire demon and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye. In this intricate, humorous and puzzling tale of fantasy and adventure, destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused and people and things are never quite what they seem.
Recommended age: 12+

Harper Collins

The house of many rooms – Michael Pryor

A realistic fantasy which gets you in from the beginning.
Recommended age: 12+

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Redwall series – Brian Jacques

The Redwall series of books describe an animal kingdom where the ‘good’ animals (mice, badgers, hedgehogs, hares and squirrels) must continually defend their homes and land against the ‘bad’ animals (rats, ferrets, weasles, and snakes). These are stories of honour, bravery, feasts and battles.
Recommended age: 12+

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